The idea of light and darkness is one of the central ideas of the Symbolist movement, since this is a movement of contrasts. It encompasses the major themes of Symbolism, such as good and evil, beauty and ugliness, the visible and the invisible, and the divine and the earthly. This volume brings together a range of studies in order to understand the notion of light and darkness and a variety of its Symbolist interpretations. It also stresses the interdisciplinary nature of the concepts of light and darkness in Symbolism, as well as the cohabitation and symbiosis of both, which are together or separately at the core of this movement.
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The idea of light and darkness is one of the central ideas of the Symbolist movement, which emphasises contrasts. The contributors here present a range of studies that provide a detailed understanding of this notion and a variety of its Symbolist interpretations.
Rosina Neginsky teaches Comparative Literature and Art History at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is the author of Zinaida Vengerova: In Search of Beauty. A Literary Ambassador between East and West (2004, 2006) and Salome: The Image of a Woman Who Never Was (2013), of numerous articles on Russian and European artists, poets and writers, and of several books of poetry, of which the most recent is In the Garden of Luxembourg (2015). She is the president and founder of the international interdisciplinary organization Art, Literature, Music in Symbolism and Decadence (ALMSD), and the editor of the volume Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences. She has received several awards from the National Endowment for Humanities and IREX, and is a 2008 recipient of the University Scholar Award, the most prestigious award which the University of Illinois gives to members of its faculty.Deborah Cibelli is Professor of Art and Art History at Nicholls State University, and a specialist on the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. She also studies the impact of the Italian Renaissance on Symbolist artists.